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‘Something Was Badly Wrong’: When Washington Realized Russia Was Actually Invading Ukraine

Posted on AllSides February 24th, 2023
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World, Ukraine, Ukraine War, Russia, United States
Illustrations by Nazario Graziano for POLITICO; Photos by AP, Getty Images, iStock

The Russian invasion of Ukraine exactly a year ago was as shocking as it was clearly foreseen. The merciless bombardment of Ukrainian cities, the hundreds of thousands of troops and scores of tanks that rumbled across the border on Feb. 24, 2022, followed months of rising tension and concern, and provided perhaps the biggest foreign policy test yet for the Biden administration.

For nearly a year prior, U.S. and Western officials had signs of what was coming: a suspicious buildup of Russian troops, intelligence about the Kremlin’s plans, statements from...

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